4 of the 5 latest Bretonnian Foot Knights basically done😁 Next is the 5th of these guys that to me looks like he can be the unit champion because of his more fancy helmet. I will probably use a wet palette to paint him to make him extra nicer. Yes, I know I should’ve been using a wet palette the whole time I’ve been painting this unit, but I’m lazy lol. Plus I always forget to clean the wet palette thingy, and it ends up getting moldy lol😂
Has your stuff ever been stolen during travel?
Someone stole my wallet today, and I’m wracking my brain when it could have even happened.
Those pickpockets are good at what they do.
This isn’t the first time I’ve had cash stolen around a train or train station — it’s definitely a place to keep your money close to you.
The worst incident I experienced is when someone in Peru skimmed my card and somehow withdrew my entire savings from an ATM in Mexico.
Thankfully I got my money back, but it can take weeks!
That’s why I always recommend splitting money into different bank accounts and putting those cards in separate locations as well.
Luckily, that saved me from having to beg for cash for the next train ride, but it’s reminded me to put my guard up again and not get complacent.
I guess this Knight is done for now. Part of my problem with fully finishing this unit is I still need to research what the heck colors some of these knights smaller bits of kit they’re wearing should be. Areas like the back of the legs and hands etc.
This Day in History - Siege of Kiev
In 1237, the Mongols began their invasion of Rus by conquering the northern principalities of Ryazan and Vladimir-Suzdal. In 1239, they advanced against southern Rus, capturing the cities of Pereyaslav and Chernihiv.
When the Mongols sent several envoys to demand the city's submission, they were executed by Michael of Chernigov and later Dmytro
The next year, the Mongol general Batu Khan reached Kiev. At the time, the city was ruled by the principality of Halych-Volhynia. The chief commander in Kiev was Voivode Dmytro, while Danylo of Halych was in Hungary at that time, seeking a military union to prevent invasion. The number of defenders inside the city was only about 1,000.
On November 28 the Mongols set up catapults near Kiev's Lech gates (today - vicinity of Maidan Nezalezhnosti), one of the three gates of old Kiev and where tree cover extended almost to the city walls The Mongols then began a bombardment that lasted several days. On December 6, Kiev's walls were breached, and hand-to-hand combat followed in the streets. The Kievans suffered heavy losses and Dmytro was wounded by an arrow.
When night fell the Mongols held their positions while the Kievans retreated to the central parts of the city. Many people crowded into the Church of the Tithes. The next day, as the Mongols commenced the final assault, the church's balcony collapsed under the weight of the people standing on it, crushing many. After the Mongols won the battle, they plundered Kiev. Most of the population was massacred. Out of 50,000 inhabitants before the invasion, about 2,000 survived. Most of the city was burned and only six out of forty major buildings remained standing. Dmytro, however, was shown mercy for his bravery.
IAS Talking Points Seminar: African Kings and Black Slaves - Sovereignty and Dispossession in the Early Modern Atlantic - Wednesday 9th January 2019, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM @ IAS Common Ground, Ground Floor, South Wing, UCL, Gower Street, London WC1E 6BT
As early as 1441, and well before other European countries encountered Africa, small Portuguese and Spanish trading vessels were plying the coast of West Africa, where they conducted business with African kingdoms that possessed significant territory and power. In the process, Iberians developed an understanding of Africa’s political landscape in which they recognised specific sovereigns, plotted the extent and nature of their polities, and grouped subjects according to their ruler.
In 'African Kings and Black Slaves' (Penn Press, 2018), Herman L. Bennett mines the historical archives of Europe and Africa to reinterpret the first century of sustained African-European interaction. These encounters were not simple economic transactions. Rather, according to Bennett, they involved clashing understandings of diplomacy, sovereignty and politics. Bennett unearths the ways in which Africa’s kings required Iberian traders to participate in elaborate diplomatic rituals, establish treaties, and negotiate trade practices with autonomous territories. And he shows how Iberians based their interpretations of African sovereignty on medieval European political precepts grounded in Roman civil and canon law. In the eyes of Iberians, the extent to which Africa’s polities conformed to these norms played a significant role in determining who was, and who was not, a sovereign people—a judgement that shaped who could legitimately be enslaved.
By asking in what manner did Europeans and Africans configure sovereignty, polities, and subject status, Bennett offers a new depiction of the diasporic identities that had implications for slaves’ experiences in the Americas.
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This Day in History - Capture of Sidon
In the summer of 1110 a Norwegian fleet of 60 ships arrived in the Levant under the command of King Sigurd. Arriving in Acre he was received by Baldwin I, King of Jerusalem. Together they made a journey to the river Jordan, after which Baldwin asked for help in capturing Muslim-held ports on the coast. Sigurd's answer was that "they had come for the purpose of devoting themselves to the service of Christ", and accompanied him to take the city of Sidon, which had been re-fortified by the Fatimids in 1098
Baldwin's army besieged the city by land, while the Norwegian came by sea. A naval force was needed to prevent assistance from the Fatimid fleet at Tyre. Repelling it was however only made possible with the fortunate arrival of a Venetian fleet. The city fell after 47 days
By order of Baldwin and the Patriarch of Jerusalem, Ghibbelin of Arles, a splinter was taken off the holy cross and given to Sigurd
I’m (Sabrina) convinced that Disney cartoonists came to Romania for character inspiration. On our way to Cluj today, we saw women drawing water from wells (snow white style) and men steering horse-drawn wagons through colorful towns. Medieval villages are enlivened with a chorus of domestic geese, chickens and dogs. And, on every corner, someone looks like they’re going to hand out a poisoned apple. 🍎
Thinking of finally finishing painting the last 5 Bretonnian Foot Knights. They been sitting around my table for months now constantly ignored😂 The hardest part of painting these is deciding on their color and design. Once I’ve figured that out, painting them is not hard🎨😁